About Professor Sajjad Rizvi
Sajjad Rizvi is an Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where he has taught since 2004. An intellectual historian trained at Oxford and Cambridge, he specializes in the history of philosophy and mysticism in the early modern world of Islam and has published extensively on Safavid philosophy including MullÄ á¹¢adrÄ ShÄ«rÄzÄ« (Oxford, 2007) and MullÄ á¹¢adrÄ and Metaphysics (Routledge, 2009). His other specialization is Quranic exegesis developed in his first postdoctoral placement in Quranic Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, which resulted in An Anthology of Quranic Commentaries Volume 1: On the Nature of God (co-edited with Feras Hamza) and more recently The Spirit and the Letter (co-edited with Annabel Keeler). He has also advised the public and private sectors on matters relating to Islam, the Gulf, Iran, Iraq and Shia Islam, and participated in a number of documentaries made by the BBC, Channel Four and other networks. He is currently advising the BBC on two documentaries on spiritual journeys, and completing a monograph on philosophy in 18th century Iran and North India.
About Yawm-e Ali
Yawm-e Ali commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). The first Shia Imam, Hazrat Ali, is also revered by all Muslims as the last of the four “rightlyâguided caliphs” (al-khulafa al-rashidun).